FMVSS 305: Electric-powered vehicles: electrolyte spillage and electrical shock protection

Published in the March 2019 issue of Washington Update

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to amend Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 305: Electric-powered vehicles: Electrolyte spillage and electrical shock protection. The NPRM is to clarify the direct contact protection requirements that apply to high voltage connectors, and explicitly permit the use of high voltage connectors that cannot be separated without the use of tools. The proposed changes to these requirements would harmonize FMVSS No. 305 with Global Technical Regulations (GTRs) No. 13 and No. 20, which explicitly permit such connectors. In addition, it would make three minor technical corrections to the standard.

PUBLISHED: 2/28/2019; ACTION: NPRM; REFERENCE: 84 FR 6758; REG: 49 CFR Part 571.305.

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